Hypnotherapy has been used with allopathic medicine to cure or alleviate symptoms that is difficult to cure by pills and potions alone. However, there is still a lot of apprehension and pessimism about medical use of hypnotherapy among several people. To dispel all apprehensions it is important that people increase their level of awareness about medical hypnotherapy. Instead, they should look at it as a tool that is used by medical professionals to alleviate suffering and pain.
Given below are 6 interesting facts about medical hypnotherapy, which will help those harboring doubts and apprehensions, to dispel them.
Fact 1 – The hypnotherapist actually guides the patient into a state of hypnosis or trance. It is up to the patient to accept and enter into this state. If he doubts or feels uncomfortable or does not want to be hypnotized then he will hardly experience any hypnotism. The hypnotherapist cannot force the patient into hypnosis against the patient’s will. He is only a guide. The patient hypnotizes himself and enters into a trance like state. When under hypnosis, the patient’s blood pressure eases, he experiences relief from tension and his muscles relax.
Hypnotherapists are qualified medical professionals who are certified to use this procedure. During hypnosis, the patient is well aware of his surroundings and often talks with the therapist. Since, at this stage, the patient’s subconscious mind is active, he will accept good suggestions. However, some patients forget the suggestions put forth by the hypnotherapist and continue with their normal (undesirable) activities even after several sessions.
Fact 2 – Hypnotherapy is an approved medical practice and recognized in several countries all over the world.
Fact 3 – During hypnosis, the hypnotherapist suggests corrective measures. When dealing with patients suffering from extreme depression, the hypnotherapist probes the mind to find out the cause, which can be either an incident or experience. Once the cause is known and is addressed, the patient is suggested ways to overcome it. Doing this by using pills or potions alone would take a long time and they can only suppress the symptoms without addressing the cause.
Fact 4 – Medical hypnotherapy has been used successfully to correct behavioral problems in troubled people, especially teenagers, soldiers and sometimes prison inmates. It has also been used to rid people of their bad habits.
Fact 5 – Hypnotherapy has been used to control pain where drugs which sometimes fail. Some times drugs cannot be used due to the possibility of side effects. Pain, like migraine, tooth pain, surgical pain, burns or even pain due to childbirth can be controlled by hypnotherapy.
Patients who have fear of surgery are sometimes counseled through hypnotherapy to relieve them of stress and fears. Apart from relieving pain, hypnotherapy has also been used to control and alleviate some kinds of physical symptoms. Skin inflammation (dermatitis) is one such example.
Fact 6 – The depth to which a person gets hypnotized will vary from person to person. Interestingly, the same individual will experience different levels of hypnosis when undergoing multiple sessions.